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Sporting reward young forward

Sporting Clube de Portugal striker Silvestre Varela has extended his contract with the Portuguese side until 2009.

Out to impress
The 20-year-old homegrown product played for Sporting's B team during the 2003/04 campaign before spending last season on loan at second-division outfit Casa Pia Atlético Clube. He will now get a chance to impress in the senior set-up, having won comparisons with Chelsea FC's Ivory Coast international Didier Drogba. Another Sporting youngster, defender Miguel Veloso, has been loaned to second-division Clube Desportivo Olivais e Moscavide for the new term.